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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:16 pm 
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Mike's Eyepennies is the first TTA Novella. It was inspired by the death in March 2010 of musician Mark Linkous who recorded and performed under the name Sparklehorse, and the story is dedicated to him.



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 8:50 am 
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Good song, and an excellent novella.

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 1:42 pm 
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Where does it fit in the canon; horror, fantasy, SF? The title sounds like it may be in the first of those.


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:06 pm 
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I'd have published it in Black Static, so borderline horror/dark fantasy. Classy, literary stuff though, not your ordinary grue :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:17 pm 
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I've enjoyed every single O'Driscoll story I've read. Yes, good tune, as well.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:32 pm 
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The cover art is by Rik Rawling, and wraps around the back along with the other elements (I'll post the flat cover later).


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:37 pm 
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Eyepennies is picking up some very enthusiastic advance praise:

“A musician emotionally scarred by a near-death experience is haunted by his past, his present and his future in this chilling, slow burn of a ghost story. Read it!” Ellen Datlow

“Mike O’Driscoll is without doubt one of our best writers. I often wish he wrote more, because when he does produce something new -- such as the excellent Eyepennies -- it’s truly an occasion for celebration” Tim Lebbon

“Full of symbols and dread, a Cotard’s delusion set to O’Driscoll’s cool bluesy prose, Eyepennies makes a refined contribution to the TTA Press canon” Paul Meloy

“A beautiful story suffused with the entangled mysteries of pain and life, as radiant as it is dark: the best kind” Stephen Volk

"O’Driscoll is clearly a fan of the man’s music, and has really done his research into Linkous’ life to produce a compelling variant on the modern ghost story. It’s one of the best works of fiction I’ve ever read, and it was a pleasure to produce the cover art" Rik Rawling


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:26 pm 
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Alison Littlewood says this:

"A musician struggles to come to terms with his existence following a near-death experience, in a world where reality is something elusive and the darkness is always waiting. A beautifully written, evocative novella from Mike O’Driscoll."


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:26 pm 
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Eyepennies has now gone to press.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:27 pm 
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Would anybody like a review copy? It'll have to be in PDF as it doesn't exist in print yet. The only catch is that, well, you have to review it! Please contact me if you're interested, or leave a message here. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:13 am 
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Eyepennies has received its first actual review, courtesy of Matthew Dent:

http://matthewsdent.wordpress.com/

which he's also posted as a five-star review on Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16034977-eyepennies

Thanks Matt!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:33 pm 
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You're welcome Andy! It's a great novella, and I can't wait to read the other four.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:59 pm 
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There've been a few more great reviews but I've failed to update. I do have a picture of an actual book though, this of the sample copy received, and approved. The remainder will be sent in a week or two.


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http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/read-horr ... odriscoll/

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:46 am 
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Thanks for posting that link, Ross. I wanted to post an Eyepennies update to the website, so searched for reviews, found most if not all. Only used extracts and no links, but it's already quite a list of very positive comments.

http://ttapress.com/1507/tta-novella-1- ... t-now/0/4/


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